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Bryan Medical Plaza,
Bryan East Campus
1500 S. 48th St.
Lincoln, NE 68502

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Merrick Medical Center
1715 26th St.
Central City, NE 68826

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Pediatric Therapy

Helping Kids Achieve Their Milestones

As a parent, you want the best for your children and you want to see them grow up to be successful adults with a successful and fulfilling life. At Bryan, we understand that an injury or challenge, either from illness, injury or a condition presented at birth, is unique and requires special care.

We appreciate and acknowledge your interests and goals and incorporate them into your child’s treatment plan through appropriate activities and games to maximize their success. It is important to us that they are able to return to school or work and have the life skills training they need to return to their community, friends and family.

Our Areas of Specialty Include:

  • Developmental disabilities
  • Neurological or chromosomal impairments
  • Torticollis
  • Autism/PDD
  • Speech
  • Risks for delays due to prematurity
  • Brain injuries
  • Feeding
  • Sensory dysfunction
  • Visual perceptual impairment

Libby has been working with her rehabilitation team since she was 6-months-old. She is now walking and continues to work on her balance.

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Your child's physical therapist evaluates and treats:
  • Developmental motor abilities
  • Strength
  • Range of motion
  • Tone
  • Lower extremity abnormalities

Developmental therapy works on helping your child achieve age-appropriate motor skills. Assessing lower extremity abnormalities consists of treatment and appropriate referral for bracing as needed.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Your child's occupational therapist evaluates and treats:
  • Developmental impairments
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Neuromuscular impairments
  • Sensory impairments
  • Feeding issues
Treatment may include motor and/or sensory activities, visual/perceptual activities and parent education and home program activities. Your child's therapist also can complete car seat fittings for children with special needs, address handwriting deficits, and complete splinting and or casting after specific treatments or therapies. 

Pediatric Speech Therapy

Your speech language pathologist evaluates and treats:
  • Speech
  • Language
  • Swallowing abilities
Speech assessment and treatment consists of articulation, phonological development, fluency, and motor control of speech musculature.

Language therapy addresses both receptive and expressive components by either utilizing verbalizations, use of signs or augmented and alternative communication systems. 

Swallowing therapy may address oral motor development, strength and coordination as well as feeding or texture intolerance, diet advancement and impairments in both the oral and pharyngeal phases of the swallowing mechanism.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Bryan Medical Center Pediatric Rehabilitation: 
To schedule or confirm an appointment, call 402-481-3316

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Stacey Anderson, occupational therapist

Stacey Anderson, OTR/L, CPST, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She has been part of the Bryan team since 2011. Stacey has worked with adults and children in a variety of settings and brings extensive pediatric experience to our team. She has worked with children as on the pediatric unit, the pediatric ICU and the neonatal intensive care unit. In her outpatient practice Stacey has treated children from birth to the early teen years with a variety of diagnoses. She uses many treatment methods including water therapy, and is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician specializing in safety restraints for special needs children.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

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Brandy Escamilla, physical therapist

Brandy Escamilla, PT, DPT, received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has spent the majority of her career working with pediatric patients. Her passion is working with children from birth to 18 years old and their families to maximize their function in a fun and meaningful way, no matter what their diagnosis. Prior to joining the therapy team at Bryan she practiced at a pediatric therapy clinic in Lincoln called Leaps and Bounds, which she co-owned for 7 years prior to its closing. She is excited to have the opportunity to meet your child’s individual needs.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

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Kindra Fox, occupational therapist

Kindra Fox, OTD, OTR/L, received a bachelor’s degree in science with an emphasis in wildlife and fisheries from South Dakota State University before earning her doctorate degree in occupational therapy from Creighton University. Kindra has a passion for working with children in a fun and supportive environment and has experience in outpatient pediatric and school based populations. Kindra is a trained practitioner of Therapeutic Listening® through Vital Links and is a trained Handwriting Specialist through Handwriting Without Tears. She has also been trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding and Beckman Oral Motor approaches. Kindra received additional training in neurodevelopment treatment for children, sensory integration and hippotherapy.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

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Christen Hoehner, occupational therapist

Christen Hoehner OTR/L, received a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation science and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb. Christen has been a part of the Bryan team since December 2018. She has worked with all ages and in a variety of different settings. Christen’s passion has always been with the pediatric population, working with children in an outpatient and inpatient setting. Christen has received special training in SOS feeding, Kinesio Taping and physical agent modalities. Christen’s therapy philosophy is an individualized client centered approach with a wide range of therapy techniques. In her free time, Christen likes to spend time with her friends and family and hangout with her dog Roxy.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

Briana McCloskey

Briana McCloskey, physical therapist

Briana McCloskey, PT, DPT, has a passion and love is for treating pediatric patients. Her areas of experience include working with developmental delays, autism, cerebral palsy and spina bifida in the outpatient, inpatient and aquatic settings.

Briana received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and athletic training from Simpson College and her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Des Moines University. Since graduating she has worked with children and adults in the outpatient setting. She is exited to meet all her pediatric patients and help them reach their highest level of function.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

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Sarah Bankston, speech language pathologist

Sarah Bankston, MS, CF-SLP, received bachelor degrees in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience. She received a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Montana. Sarah just moved to Lincoln from Montana, she is excited to meet her new patients and explore Nebraska.

Sarah loves working with the pediatric population and is passionate about creating treatment plans that are motivating, fun and functional for each patient and their family. She was inspired to become an SLP and work with the pediatric population after volunteering as a Special Olympics coach and working in a preschool targeting early intervention. Additionally, she has experience working with adults in the outpatient setting treating chronic cough, aphasia and cognitive impairment.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

Kari ValentineKari Valentine, occupational therapist

Kari Valentine, OT, earned a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Since graduating she has worked in hospital inpatient care, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes and public schools. She has provided hand therapy/splinting services as well as non-traditional therapies including hippotherapy and aquatic therapy. She is certified in assistive devices, IMC (interactive metronome), Saebo upper extremity devices, and physical agent modalities. She has extensive experience in treating a wide range of diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorder, Cerebral Palsy, chromosome abnormalities, stroke, upper extremity injury/amputation, developmental and motor delays, and Down Syndrome. Her passion is working with children, and she has done specialized training in sensory processing disorder, Handwriting Without Tears, wheelchair fitting/training, adaptive equipment and Beckman oral-motor treatment.

Provides therapy at: Merrick Medical Center

Brittany Waller

Brittany Waller, speech language pathologist

Brittany Waller, MS, CCC-SLP, is passionate about working with children with Autism, collaboration amongst providers, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). The majority of her practice has been with children 3-5 years old.

Brittany received a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Nebraska Kearney and her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Previously, Brittany worked in Lincoln Public Schools' preschool programs.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus


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